Tonight's game

September 07, 2007|By KEN MURRAY

Matchup -- Navy (1-0) @No. 15 Rutgers (1-0)

Time -- 7

Site -- Rutgers Stadium, Piscataway, N.J.

TV -- ESPN

Radio -- 1090 AM, 1430 AM

Line -- Rutgers by 16 1/2

Series -- Tied 10-10-1

Navy offense vs. Rutgers defense -- Rutgers has done an excellent job stopping Navy's vaunted triple option, winning five of the past six games, including last season's 34-0 romp in Annapolis. Navy slotback Reggie Campbell is averaging better than 10 yards a carry on 15 attempts against Rutgers, but fullback Adam Ballard had just 23 rushing yards against them last season. Rutgers allowed Buffalo just 2.1 yards per carry last week but didn't force a turnover. The Scarlet Knights tormented Buffalo with 10 tackles for losses and three sacks. Second-year starting quarterback Kaipo-Noa Kaheaku-Enhada will need more help from his blockers than he had last year to get the triple option started. The Midshipmen have three new starters in the offensive line.

Navy defense vs. Rutgers offense -- Navy has a quicker defense than a year ago but is much less experienced with only two starters returning. Rutgers presents big-play threats in the passing game and running game. Ray Rice, a 5-foot-9, 205-pound tailback, is one of the leading Heisman Trophy candidates. Quarterback Mike Teel threw two touchdowns last week, both to wide receiver Tiquan Underwood, who had 10 catches for a school-record 248 yards. Navy will have to play flawless defense. The Midshipmen were far from that last week, when they kept Temple in the game with missed tackles.

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